The creative arts have the power to stir the soul and even to alter beliefs and attitudes. Can music performance, instruction, and education be transformative and used as vehicles to promote social change? Chicago is home to many arts organizations focused on bringing music education and creation to different sectors of the population to foster social change. These arts organizations are finding myriad creative ways to engage both youth and adults, making a significant and positive impact on the urban landscape. In this
7-week study group, guest speakers working in neighborhoods and in schools in Chicago will present their social outreach missions, blending culture and community to transform lives through the creation of music. Join us as we hear from those directly involved in music outreach and support to some of our underserved populations and perhaps visit a sampling of these exemplary organizations to see firsthand the positive change that they are creating in our city. Volunteer opportunities in smaller agencies may also be identified for those who are interested. Note: This study group will run during the first seven weeks of the semester.
* NOTE: Participants may register for this study group alone or in combination with a second 7-week study group. Registering for up to two 7-week study groups counts as one study group choice on your membership package, but it must be done through the OLLI office. Please indicate your choice(s) on your registration form. 7-week study groups include the following: Fostering Civic Engagement through the Creative Arts II; Our Declaration; Make Powerful OLLI Presentations; Fiction Writing Workshop I or II; Strangers in Their Own Land; Chamber Music Masterpieces for Larger Ensembles.